All about the CMVP certification, Certified Professional in Measurement and Verification

What is the CMVP certification?

The Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP ®) is the most recognized designation in measurement and verification. CMVP certification was implemented by the Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO®), in partnership with the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). The CMVP training covers all the methods used in the context of energy efficiency (EE) M&V projects and includes, in particular, the 2012 version of the International Protocol for the Measurement and Verification of Energy Performance (IPMVP®).

What are the objectives ?

The purpose of the CMVP certification is to certify that the person has the necessary knowledge and experience as well as knowledge of the IPMVP protocols ( International Protocol for the Measurement and Verification of Energy Performance). This ensures the quality of measurements and analyzes as well as ethics . This certification is requested in most calls for tenders concerning energy renovations , CPE projects and commissioning . Service providers from energy design offices are therefore strongly impacted by this certification, which is even tending to become mandatory for responding to calls for tenders .

What criteria?

  • Raise the professional standards of those engaged in measurement and verification.
  • Improve the practice of measurement and verification by encouraging professionals to participate in a continuing professional development education program for measurement and verification professionals.
  • Identify individuals with acceptable knowledge of measurement and verification principles and practices by completing certification and meeting prescribed standards of performance and conduct .
  • Award special recognition to professionals who have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical aptitude in measurement and verification.

Skills acquired:

  • Set the framework for measurement and verification operations.
  • Define the reference situation for measurement & verification.
  • Design a measurement and verification plan .
  • Establish a mathematical model of energy consumption .
  • Apply a measurement and verification plan .
  • Define the scope for measuring energy savings in an energy performance improvement project and know how to arbitrate, depending on the nature of the project and the volume of energy savings expected , between an overall measurement scope or a measurement with isolation of modifications.
  • Define and complete the reference energy situation of a project , i.e. all the elements (energy consumption, independent variables, static factors, measurement perimeter) which characterize the organization that is the subject of the project, before implementing actions to improve energy performance.
  • Determine and select according to a statistical analysis the independent variables which really influence the energy consumption of an organization (building, factory).
  • Establish a reference energy consumption model based on a statistical analysis approach and test the validity of the model obtained.
  • Calculate the uncertainty of determining the energy savings generated by the selected model.
  • Establish the Measurement and Verification plan for a project by completing the fourteen points required by the IPMVP protocol .
  • Establish an energy performance monitoring report in accordance with the requirements of the IPMVP protocol . These requirements relate to transparency (supply of raw data and data after analysis), completeness (supply of calculation notes in the event of an adjustment to the baseline) and the principle of conservation (calculation of conservatory energy savings, i.e. aiming to make realistic assumptions, which do not maximize energy savings calculations).
  • Determine the energy savings of a simple project by applying the adjustment model according to the value , over the monitoring period, of the selected independent variables .